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Oud Beersel Oude Geuze Vieille - Brouwerij Oud Beersel

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709 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 709
Reviews: 398
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 11.69%
Wants: 39
Gots: 79 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Oud Beersel visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Gueuze |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: xlperro on 03-21-2002)
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avalon07

South Carolina

4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had an orange color and a thick, cloudy consistency. There was an inch of foamy, long-lasting head. Below average lacing.

S: An extremely potent smell of citrus, funk, and a definite sourness.

T: Like the smell, the taste was about as tart as you can get. A slight lemony flavor, with some malt and yeast making an appearance. Complex and interesting.

M: A highly carbonated beer with a mostly dry finish. Medium-bodied.

D: A very drinkable beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2011 13:04:19 | More by avalon07
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SummitVA

Maryland

4.22/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-beautiful pale straw. Pours with a one inch head that falls off quickly despite the vigorous carbonation.

S-musty funk mingles with a bit of lemon zest

T-nice sharp sourness. Funk rounds out the lactic twang with a bit of light citrus in the finish

M-absolutely perfect. Light, crisp, with the expected dry finish

D-I've always been a big fan of this beer, and this bottle does not disappoint. One of the best gueuzes at this price.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2011 03:12:27 | More by SummitVA
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alcstradamus

Washington

3.25/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

2009 vintage

Pours a murky lemon color with a towering 3 fingers of head.

The aroma is a dank dusty mix of lemons, orange peel, shoe sole, and sunflower.

The flavor is surprisingly light on the tart/sour and heavy on musty grain. Probably the lightest gueuze I've had to date, which unfortunately isn't a compliment. Very dirty and dusty. Not much funkiness.

The body is light to medium and carbonation is high but not nearly as spritzy as would be expected.

Overall this beer is mildly tasty, but is a very average iteration of the style.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2010 23:34:22 | More by alcstradamus
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Arbitrator

California

3.73/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Chilled bottle into a glass. Purchased at Whole Foods Los Altos for $15 or so.

"Best before 29.10.2029" is stamped on the back. I'm guessing this is a late 2009 vintage then, unless they use 19-year best-by dates for some reason.

A: Despite letting it settle for days, then chilling it, then pouring it gently, I'm faced with a beer that is murky golden-straw in color, capped with 3 fingers of fluffy off-white head. Retention is good, and it leaves some trails of lace as it falls into a half-finger cap on the beer.

S: It's not as over-the-top funky as some Cantillons, but it has plenty of vinegar sourness, white grape, lemon zest, cheese, and oak.

T: I was expecting the taste of having immersed myself between a horse's buttocks, but this is not quite there. It's fairly tart, with an element of white grapes. Light lactic sourness, with a lemon peel quality to it. The finish brings out a soft oak character; its astringency couples nicely with the puckering tartness. It's mildly salty with a cheesy aftertaste. This almost has the taste / feel of a champagne, instead of what I associate with some painful gueuzes.

M: Clean flavors. The body is dry without being austere. The lack of pronounced finishing sourness makes this pretty drinkable.

D: It was fairly soft in bacterial character. This is usually a good thing in comparison to some Cantillons, which have gone full-bore toward the acid side of the spectrum, but I miss their vibrant, signature funk. On the other hand, Drie Fonteinen does a better job of balancing residual sugars and sourness / funk, so this one seems less impressive by comparison. I'm torn between the fact that this went down so easily and that I didn't care for it enough to buy it again.

This was largely an exercise in impatience -- I've been sitting on too many beers for too long to hold them for my tasting group -- and one of curiosity: will this one screw up my digestive system as some lambics do? (Answer: no.)

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2010 07:12:41 | More by Arbitrator
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nataku00

California

4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle with a drink by date in 2025 (it was in the 2020's) poured into a tulip. Poured a bright orange, clear with an initial finger of slightly off white head. The head dissipated quickly, leaving light lacing on the glass.

Nose was sour apples, pears, barnyard funk, and a slight floral hop note. Really pleasant smell, despite my description, but this is the first true gueuze that I've tried.

Taking a sip, lots of sour apples and general fruitiness initially, slight woody note midtongue and a lingering tartness. The funk remains and you can smell it as you drink it. Not as sour as some of the domestic wild ales I've had, and was really delicious.

Light bodied beer with good amount of carbonation to keep the palate clean and dry. Fairly drinkable beer, but it was challenging for the person I was chatting with to drink so it may be a developed taste. Overall enjoyable beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2010 10:15:11 | More by nataku00
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gamwich

Hawaii

4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best by 27.01.2025 date on the bottle. Pours a clear golden color and retains a white head around the edge of the glass.

The aroma is very tart with lots of lemon up front and some vinegary, musty, yeasty notes. The flavor predominantly very tart, almost cloyingly so. Lots of lemon, with faint grapefruit and kiwi, overlayed with a faint funky mustiness. Very light-bodied and dry, inviting one to take sip after sip, especially after one's palate grows accustomed to the tartness.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2010 05:37:24 | More by gamwich
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JamnesCameron

Illinois

4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into a St. Louis Gueuze tulip glass.

Pours a hazy golden color with a big, stark white head, about three fingers worth. Head drops after a few minutes to about half a finger of head. Lots of tiny bubbles floating to the top.

Aroma of lemony tartness. Woody, musty, and sour.

First sip is of light tartness, lemon zest, champagne like bubbliness, and a slight carbonic bite. The sourness is quite restrained, not a mouth puckering sourness. Easy drinking queuze, good intro to the style. Lingering hint of lemon zest on the finish.

Mouthfeel has some body to it, overall tart, but not abrasively so.

Overall drinkability is very good. This is a great thirst-quencher for a hot summer day, not so much when it's 9 degrees outside in the winter. Oh well.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2010 01:34:37 | More by JamnesCameron
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beerhan

Ohio

3.7/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

37.5 cc bottle poured into a large snifter with a gigantic head. Smells very promising with that sour funk to it you would expect from a gueuze but lacks the traditional sourness I am used to. Nonetheless it is still incredibly drinkable. This is my go to if I can't get any cantillon but not that special.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2010 04:52:52 | More by beerhan
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Offa

California

4.97/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I find this to be an incredibly wonderful gueuze, flavourful and complex, with the elements marrying and interplaying wonderfully.

Golden, it has a huge off-white head steadily shrinking to lasting foamy top and leaving just a little bit of lace.

Aroma is extremely nice, full and characterful with plenty of funky/rustic character but very pleasant. It has a strong rustic yeasty character, but restrained, with lemon, pear, fruit, hint of vinegar and soured fruits, hints of herb & grass.

Taste is excellent, fruity, yeasty, funky and rustic, lemony a bit citric, slightly tart, hint of spiciness and yeasty dough, plus more that is hard to pin down. The character is very complex and well-balanced and integrated. Full of flavour, it is nevertheless exceedingly drinkable. Fell is lively and the whole thing is very engaging.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2010 22:23:35 | More by Offa
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DeanMoriarty

California

3.63/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a 12.7oz corked and caged bottle from Holiday Wine Cellar in Escondido and poured it into a wine glass.

A: Pours a murky golden/straw-like hue with a thin head that sticks around for a while leaving small amounts of lace, with a ton of sediment in the bottom of my glass.

S: Sour apples, white wine, peppery woodiness and a bit of yeast funk.

T: On point with the nose, but is a bit of a letdown for me coming across thin and light in overall flavor. There's some good sour funk in there, but just seems watered down or weak to me.

M: Light-bodied, vigorous carbonation with big bubbles that roll across the palate nicely - overall very smooth and dry finish.

D: Smooth and easy drinker, but the flavor and appearance were off for me.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2010 18:17:19 | More by DeanMoriarty
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MrHassellYaHurd

Louisiana

3.53/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a pale golden color with a bushy white head and assertive visual carbonization.

The scent is incredibly tart with notes of sharp grapes as well as a wine-like alcoholic tinge. Faintly detected hints of sweet malts.

The taste sharply bitter with a gentle bitter-sweetness.

Medium/thin bodied with a prickly mouthfeel. Drinkability is average.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2010 01:40:31 | More by MrHassellYaHurd
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drabmuh

Maryland

3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The best thing about this beer is the aroma IMO. Beer is yellow and hazy with a big head that leaves some lacing on the glass. Carbonation is high. Looks good.

Whoa, funky, oak, acetic, strong lactic, lots of secondary acids as well. Awesome, very awesome.

Beer is thin and falls flat on the flavors at first. As it warms more of the funk comes through but I just don't really like this gueuze as much as others. Carbonation on the palate is surprisingly weak and finishes brightly and a little dry. Its a good beer, just not my favorite. I'd have it again.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2010 03:18:46 | More by drabmuh
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

4.18/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by drabmuh. Thanks Matt!

This gueuze appears a very hazy yellow. The head is an inch thick and generates some nice lacing. The aroma is fantastic and detectable from several feet away. Easily identifiable as an authentic Belgian gueuze, this beer smells wonderfully funky and sour. The taste follows suit, with a nice puckering sour finish. This is a great gueuze. I definitely recommend this beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2010 00:07:18 | More by Huhzubendah
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biggred1

Indiana

4.38/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hazy, apricot with blonde highlights and a big fluffy head of fine eggshell colored bubbles. Sour lemon and white grape with subtle oaky notes in the aroma. Tart and lactic with an almost vinuous quality. White fleshed fruit and oak with toasted oak and a puckery tartness. Bigger and more complex flavors of vanilla oak and lactic sourness take over as the beer nears room temp. Lush and smooth bodied with huge carbonation. I am surprised this Gueuze isn't more well known and hyped up, it's as good as many of the hard to find "whales" out there.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2010 00:45:22 | More by biggred1
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perrymarcus

Massachusetts

3.78/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12.7oz bottle served in a snifter glass. best before stamp march 25, 2030. guess i have some time.

pours a slightly cloudy, pale yellow/champagne tone with a hefty two, maybe three fingers of foamy head that quickly recedes into a lasting half finger. not a ton of lacing... steady stream of carbonation cascading to the top.

pungent, tart nose with strong notes of funk and light fruits (white grape, grapefruit).

flavor introduces itself with a wave of sour/tartness with more white grape/grapefruit notes and a lemony twang. dry throughout. a fruity tanginess to finish. decent... a little too tart for my taste, but worth a try, especially for gueuze enthusiasts.

light-bodied mouthfeel with a ton of carbonation. not hugely drinkable, IMO, as the tartness wears on you after a while.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2010 01:24:25 | More by perrymarcus
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pjwilson

California

4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance: poured into a Samuel Adams Boston Lager glass. Creamy white foam fills the top 1/3 of the glass and continues to hold. massive carbonation fills the glass. The glass held to light reveals a murky straw yellow color.

smell: mild smell of straw

Taste: More mild than some other sour beers I've had. Wet horse blanket, yum.

Mouthfeel: Average

Drinkability: pretty dang drinkable.

Funny at 11.99 a 750ml it's cheaper than Russian River sour beers brewed around the way. It's a pretty good beer, but I think I have to try it in Beersel.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2010 00:49:14 | More by pjwilson
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babaracas

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy straw color with billowing dense white head, fades slowly leaving a quarter inch sticking around, neverending stream of bubbles. Smell: big whiff of skunk when the cork popped, but either vanished or overcome by the sour and funk. Hay, barnyard funk, champagne, sour lemon. Taste: like shoving a big wedge of lemon in your mouth, a tad vinegary, vinous, musty and slightly spicy. A little more than light bodied, aggressive carbonation. So far for me the best balance of funky and sour, nice gueuze. Also, best by March 2030!

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2010 05:50:38 | More by babaracas
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SolomonGrundy

California

3.75/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours champagne-like in color and carbonation. Huge meringue-y head that is quite persistent and leaves godlike lacing. Jam-packed (literally) aromas of marmalade, funky-funk, and perhaps even a spicy soapiness. Very pungent. Flavors are huge - lots of funk, lots of sourness, like unripe cherries, and some more astringent qualities like the spicy soapiness in the finish. If not for these latter notes, this would be world class and elite. As it is it's a great geuze and wonderful in its sourness. At $7.99/12.7oz. bottle it's waaay pricey, so try it if you see it, but the price brings down the drinkability for me. Excellent.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2010 21:23:12 | More by SolomonGrundy
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yeahnatenelson

Illinois

3.7/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance -- Pours a nice shade or orange with a billowing bubbly white head. The haze catches light wonderfully. Very inviting.

Smell -- Lots of lacto tartness, cider vinegar, salted lemon, crisp apple, fruit cocktail, and the crawlspace in the basement.

Taste -- A nice study in sweet, tart, and funky: Drying lacto bitterness, apples and pears, white grapes, apple cider, and dusty newspapers (at least, what I would imagine them to taste like).

Mouthfeel -- Light in body with ample fluffy carbonation. The carbonation isn't hard on the tongue. While I tend to like harder carbonation in labics/gueuzes, this adds to the drinkability. Drying in the finish and sharply tart.

Drinkability -- Very nice. Tart and drying, but with a surprising amount of fruity sweetness that somehow makes me nostalgic for elementary school lunches. Quite good, but doesn't quite have the exceptional depth of flavor that I look for in an exceptional gueuze. Beyond that, it was a pleasure to drink.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2010 01:57:41 | More by yeahnatenelson
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mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

3.63/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into Lost Abbey stemware

Pours a huge fizzy white head that eventually settles down to 1/2 finger. Color is a slight hazed bright golden orange.

Aroma: A decent amount of fruit coming from this one. Mainly lemons and some tropical citrus fruits. A decent amount of funk and barnyard notes, brett.

Taste: I get a slight medicinal flavor that I didn't pick up from the nose. More brett funk is apparent here. Lemon zest and dry pear flavors. Horse blanket funk lingers around.

Mouthfeel: Fizzy with a slight sourness to it. Lighter bodied with a higher amount of carbonation. Ends with medicinal notes.

Overall, this gueuze isn't very sour. It has more brett notes than mouthpuckering sour notes. It is decent, but I would choose others over this one. Fairly drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2010 02:40:23 | More by mothman
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brdc

Wisconsin

4.6/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Large corked bottle, poured into a tulip. A very difficult cork, I might add. This one was kept laying down in my cellar at 55 F; unfortunately, the best by date has become blurred, so I really do not know.

Golden and clear, small frothy white head with short retention.
Strong barnyand funkiness opens the aroma, along with vinegar, leather, must, citric fruits, earth, wood and a few more that are harder to classify.
Light in body, very easy to drink and refreshing, fruity but dry, citric, acidic, tart.
Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2010 01:24:30 | More by brdc
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Gobzilla

California

4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: poured a pale straw yellow with pineapple yellow highlights with a finger of bubbly head that died of quickly and left lots of sticky lacing on the glass.

S: it had big funky oaky horse blanket aroma that dominated the nose but acidic citrus, slight vinegar, and brett also showed their face as well.

T: upfront I got lots of lemon grapefruit acidic notes that combined with thr brett and bacteria to propel the sour character which also had slight vinegar and oaky barrel accents.

M: the brew was medium body with a lot of tingly carbonation that had a slight sweet but acidic, sour, and dry finish.

D: honestly it wasn't as sour as I thought it would be but drank very well and was extra dry on the finsh. Definitely not one of my favorite geuzes.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2010 23:27:34 | More by Gobzilla
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wd40

New York

4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Somewhat cloudy straw yellow appearance with a quickly disappearing head. The carbonation looks a bit harsh just from the appearance of the head.

The smell is pleasantly grassy with some funky hay in the background. I would like a stronger smell, something more pungent. What's there is very good.

The taste is nicely acidic with hints of lemon. It's light and pleasant with a dry finish.

The mouthfeel is a bit on the harsh side.

Overall a very drinkable beer. The lightness of the beer allows it to disappear quite quickly!

Very nice! Pleasant and pairs well with French goat cheese by providing a nice acidity to balance the creaminess of the cheese. This beer goes well with food because it has a subtle and dry taste.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2010 02:43:37 | More by wd40
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berkey

California

4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed as part of my ongoing effort to drink beer styles more fitting to the recent warm weather. 375ml corked and caged bottle poured into a tulip glass. Cork reads '08, bottle reads best by October 19th 2029.

Forms a surprisingly large and sturdy head for the style. Style typical hazy blonde colored body with very active carbonation.

Aroma is primarily sweet and oaky as opposed to funky and sour like some other famous gueuzes. There is a backing mustiness but nothing approaching the outright funk of a Cantillon.

Fruity sparkling white wine character dominates with some brett earthiness and a subtle tartness. Wood flavors are clearly defined but relatively mellow and in no way tannic or bitter. Finishes clean and dry. They're clearly focusing more on the vinous aspects of the style and less on the more intensely wild characteristics of many versions.

Not what I prefer in a gueuze exactly (more often I'll go for the funky complexity of a Cantillon or the bracing sour of a Hanssens) but this is solid and enjoyable in it's own right. Potentially a good intro to the style or a crossover option for wine drinkers.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2010 19:40:49 | More by berkey
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treehugger02010

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had a bottle of this at Teressa's Next Door in Wayne, PA. It came in a large tulip glass.
Appearance: The body is a hazy gold color. The head is a bright white color, very good retention, tight lacing, tiny bubbles.
Smell: The aromas are acrid and lime juice.
Taste: The flavors are tartness, strawberries, and sweetness.
Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is body thin with a clean finish.
Drinability: This beer is very good.
Don't drink and review.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2010 01:14:33 | More by treehugger02010
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90 out of 100 based on 709 ratings.